Alenda Chang Reviews Feral Atlas

13 Jan, 2022

Alenda Chang Reviews Feral Atlas

Alenda Y Chang's review of Feral Atlas: The More-Than-Human Anthropocene is featured in the Winter 2021 issue of the journal: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment.

From the article:

Bright orange banners recently sprang up along the lemon orchards lining the hills where I live, in a quiet Santa Barbara exurb. The signs exhort passersby to “Save Our Citrus!” and direct the curious to a web site,, which explains that California citrus trees are threatened by the non-native Asian citrus psyllid, a tiny wasp that can infect trees with a fatal, bacteria-borne disease called Huanglongbing (literally, yellow dragon sickness). As with most “invasive” species, however, such an account raises more questions than it answers: how and when did these insects get here? Who is to blame, if blame we must—the wasps, the bacteria, or the humans who introduced them? Is it genius or hubris when entomologists exert “biological control” by releasing Tamarixia radiata, a known parasitoid of the psyllid in Asia, into California orchards “at no cost”?

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